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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a Rotary International leadership training program for youth or adults. In Corpus Christi, RYLA is a multi-level, 3-day annual leadership camp for youth held and organized and hosted by the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi for the Rotary Clubs in the South Texas District 5930.
 
 
 
RYLA Hybrid Camp will be March 1-6, 2022
 
Provide your camper prospects this application link.
 
All forms/information/FAQ/deadlines are on the website www.rotarycc.com or contact Lysa Chapman at 361-882-8672 or Christine Wisian at 361-779-6190.
Students may also self -nominate @ https://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/Ryla/?ID=47 be referred to a local Rotary Club as a candidate.
 
 
All campers will attend BOTH in person at Camp Zephyr and virtually.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a Rotary International leadership training program for youth or adults. In Corpus Christi, RYLA is a multi-level, 5 day annual leadership camp for youth held and organized and hosted by the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi for the Rotary Clubs in the South Texas District 5930.
 
Your club’s sponsorship of qualified youth will:
  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage continued and strong leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
The 2021 online eRYLA program received great reviews from campers and counselors. The decision was to incorporate the best of both programs in 2022, with two evenings (Wednesday and Thursday) of eRYLA before campers come to Camp Zephyr for the more traditional in-person camp Friday through Sunday, March 4,-6 2022.  Participants will additionally have access to virtual leadership sessions throughout the year. Campers are required to have reliable internet access and an IPad, tablet, or computer with video camera and microphone capability for the eRYLA days.  NOTE:  Smartphones will not work for this platform.
 
First year attendees are called “Campers” and are open to high school Sophomores and Juniors who show leadership potential. District 5930 Rotary Clubs award full scholarships of $300 to sponsor students selected from local high schools to attend the leadership training as part of their commitment to the development of youth in their communities. Clubs can also provide $300 scholarships to sponsor Trailblazers, 2nd year attendees, who are in training to become RYLA Counselors.
Individual Rotarians may also privately sponsor students who qualify as Campers or Trailblazers.
Trailblazers are selected from the previous year’s campers and invited to return as second-year campers and counselors-in-training. Junior and Senior Counselors for RYLA are selected from previous year counselors and those Trailblazers who demonstrate interest and aptitude to be a leader and mentor for campers. A team of one Senior Counselor and one to two Junior Counselors co-lead each group of 12-15 campers as they progress through their leadership training activities and projects. Counselor tuition for the RYLA Camp is covered by the RYLA program making this extended leadership training free to the counselors.
RYLA in Corpus Christi focuses on experiential learning to develop leadership potential within our youth for the benefit of our communities. During RYLA, campers participate in more than 25 hours of hands-on leadership training.
The program is a team-based model emphasizing decision making and problem solving.  Through different activities campers experience and develop a wide range of leadership skills which are learned by putting them in practice. There are five levels of leadership training in RYLA.  
 
 For more detailed information on leadership levels and the RYLA program, see RYLA Camp Overview on www.rotarycc.com.
 

 
Junior and Senior Counselors for RYLA are selected from previous year counselors and those Trailblazers who demonstrate interest and aptitude to be a leader and mentor for campers. A team of one Senior Counselor and one Junior Counselor co-lead each group of 12-15 campers as they progress through their leadership training activities and projects. Counselor tuition for the 4-day RYLA Camp is covered by the RYLA program making this extended leadership training free to the counselors.
 
Rotary Club members can personally sponsor their children, grandchildren or worthy students to RYLA. The student must meet all requirements being a high school sophomore or junior and showing leadership skills to be further developed; pay $300 per student with complete applications and payment to be received or applicable late fees will apply. All forms/applications are on website at www.rotarycc.com or contact Lysa Chapman at 361-882-8672.
 
Listen to what past students and parents have said about the RYLA Leadership Training Weekend!!
“Words cannot express how thankful I am for having a blessed opportunity…RYLA is more than a camp; it’s a life-changing occasion that has truly made me think more about my life.” 2014 Senior Counselor
 
“Going to RYLA gave me the energy I needed to appreciate live and not give up. Two days before (RYLA) I was going through such a hard time…I almost made the stupid mistake of taking my own life…When you stated that we were all there for a reason and it was a blessing, I started to cry…I knew then and there God wanted me here for a reason…RYLA taught me to be a more open person, be happy, better myself, work with others, believe in myself and enjoy the small things in life…I left with the best memories ever… Thank you so much.” 2014 Camper
 
“My daughter Taylor attended your conference this past weekend. Her first comment tome as she got off the bus was, ‘That was the greatest experience of my life.” Needless to say I was taken aback for a moment.  She mentioned that she had never had opportunities to reflect on the past/present while systematically and purposefully planning for the future. She absolutely loved this retreat. I just wanted to say THANK YOU to you, your staff, and your organization for creating such a meaningful, insightful and focused youth leadership experience.”- -Mr. John Gray, Principal, Jo Nelson Middle School, Santa Rosa
 
All Clubs are encouraged to sponsor high school sophomore and junior students from your local high schools to attend the RYLA weekend! You can allow the school counselors to select the student or have the counselors nominate student candidates for your club to interview and select the finalist and alternates for these scholarships provided by the clubs. There should be at least one or more alternate student/s selected in case one of the sponsored students cannot attend the weekend. Registration information is required for each student being sponsored for RYLA. Registration deadlines should be noted by all RYLA Coordinators and applicants. There are additional fees for late registration information or payment.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for youth.  Program activities focus on development of communication, critical thinking and problem solving, and team decision -making skills all through experiential learning. RYLA also highlights and rewards the kinds of character traits demonstrated in positive, effective leadership. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:
 
  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage continued and strong leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities